The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

Head of Zeus. (Gael Song, Bk. 1). Nov. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9781803282626. $29.95. FANTASY
DEBUT In the late 10th century, war is the blight of Ireland, and two women will influence its fate. Gormflaith, widow of the dead Viking King and among the last of the Fomorians, who are immortal fire-mages, has great ambitions for her mortal son. Fódla is a magical healer among the Descendants of the Tuatha Dé Danann, who have sworn to kill the Fomorians. Despite the fierce division and prejudice between the children of the gods and the mortals, Fódla is sent to spy on Brian Boru, who plans to become High King of Ireland. These remarkable women protect their own, and they are determined not to be pawns amidst the violent maneuverings for kingship and power. Though based on true events and real-life figures, Celtic and Norse mythology are perfectly blended into this atmospheric setting that features captivating political intrigue along with powerful emotional impact.
VERDICT Lawless’s absorbing debut sets the stage for an enticing new historical fantasy series. Perfect for readers who enjoy mythological retellings that are cunning, brutal, and full of feeling.
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